Fears over pub’s future

carpenters arms - Fangfoss
carpenters arms - Fangfoss

A VILLAGE pub has shut its doors, and hopes of it reopening hinge on new tenants being found.

The Carpenter Arms is the only watering hole in Fangfoss, but the doors have been locked since earlier this month after the previous occupiers handed back the keys. Locals have suggested they left with little prior warning.

Regulars to the pub have now been forced to travel to neighbouring villages or even Pocklington to enjoy a drink.

Clerk to the parish council, Jane Allen, said: “As far as I’m concerned we did not know until the night before it closed. It was a surprise and a real shock.

“I’m native to the village and I’ve been here, not unbroken, since I was five years-old and as long as I can remember there’s been a pub.

“It’s devastating that it’s not open. It’s our only meeting place in the village, we do not have a village hall, a post office or a shop. The pub is the only indoor recreational space in Fangfoss.

“I would hope that it opens again soon- I feel very sad for the previous tenants because they worked very hard and did everything they could.”

One regular, who lives in the village but did not want to be named, said: “It would be an absolute disaster if it closed for good. Anyone who wants to drink will have to travel to Pocklington, Bishop Wilton and Wilberfoss, and in this day and age nobody wants to drive to the pub.

However, Enterprise Inns- who own the building- have said that the pub is “closed temporarily” and that they were looking to bring in new tenants “as soon as possible”.